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Colorado going for seventh straight win; Detroit hoping to end five-game skid

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

AVALANCHE (39-18-7) at RED WINGS (15-47-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, FS-D, ALT, NHL.TV


The Game

The Colorado Avalanche will try for their season-best seventh straight win when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.

Colorado is 14-3-1 in its past 18 games and can extend its Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques record road winning streak to nine games. The Avalanche are second in the Central Division, three points behind the first-place St. Louis Blues.

Goalie Michael Hutchinson, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 24, will make his Colorado debut.

Detroit has lost its past five games (0-4-1) and 19 of 22 (3-17-2). The Red Wings have scored one goal or fewer in nine of their past 15.


Players to watch

Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"It's super important at this time of year to have a close-knit group, especially with a lot of new faces this season. Winning on the road seems to bring the group that much closer together, and coming into April, May and hopefully June, that's going to be important." --Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog

"When you integrate as many new people into the lineup as we have, there are times where four guys know what they are supposed to be doing and one doesn't. That's not his fault. We had a situation where (Dmytro Timashov) has played one game with us in Ottawa and still hasn't practiced with us because of his visa." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Avalanche projected lineup

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Gabriel Landeskog

Matt Nieto -- J.T. Compher -- Joonas Donskoi

Valeri Nichushkin -- Tyson Jost -- Martin Kaut

Logan O'Connor -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Mark Barberio

Ryan Graves -- Cale Makar

Samuel Girard -- Erik Johnson

Ian Cole -- Nikita Zadorov

Michael Hutchinson

Pavel Francouz

Scratched: Vladislav Kamenev

Injured: Andre Burakovsky (upper body), Matt Calvert (lower body), Nazem Kadri (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (upper body), Colin Wilson (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Sam Gagner -- Valtteri Filppula -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen

Brendan Perlini -- Christoffer Ehn -- Dmytro Timashov

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Trevor Daley -- Alex Biega

Madison Bowey -- Gustav Lindstrom

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson, Dennis Cholowski, Justin Abdelkader

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Filip Zadina (lower body), Adam Erne (hand)


Status report

Burakovsky is with the Avalanche but the forward did not skate Monday. … Erne, a forward, is expected to be out the rest of the season with a broken hand. … Timashov is expected to make his Red Wings home debut after finishing the process to get a work visa.


Stat pack

Hutchinson was 4-9-1 with an .886 save percentage in 15 games (11 starts) with the Maple Leafs. ... MacKinnon needs one assist for 300 in the NHL. … Howard is looking for his first win since Oct. 29. He's 0-18-2 with a 4.62 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in his past 20 games.

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